Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD)He’s aliiiive! If you were one of the fervent fans who refused to believe Jon Snow was dead for good, congratulations -- you were right. In a gasp-worthy moment in the final minutes of this week’s episode, Jon was brought back to life thanks to a bit of Melisandre’s magic.
But let’s back up, shall we?
Castle Black We pick up at Castle Black with Ser Davos and Jon’s friends still holed up with Jon’s body. Just as Ser Alliser Thorne and his mob begin to break down the door, the wildings -- with the help of a giant -- charge through the gates of Castle Black and win a swift surrender from Thorne and his men.
Later, Ser Davos confronts Melisandre -- back in her younger form -- and asks the question that’s been on fans’ minds for months: Does she know a way to bring back Jon Snow from the dead? Melisandre hesitates at first, still deep in the throes of her crisis of confidence. But she eventually agrees to try. After cleaning Jon’s wounds, she lays hands on him while speaking incantations in a foreign tongue. When nothing happens, everyone leaves the room -- dejected.
But just when we think all hope is lost, Jon’s direwolf, Ghost, stirs and the camera cuts to Jon, who suddenly opens his eyes and gasps for breath.
King's Landing While Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane does Cersei Lannister’s bidding around town, Cersei’s daughter Myrcella is being laid to rest in The Red Keep. Cersei is barred from attending the funeral by her son, King Tommen. Tommen confides to Jamie Lannister that he feels guilty for not being able to protect his mother. At Jamie’s urging, Tommen goes to see Cersei and apologizes. He asks his mother for help to be strong, and she agrees.
Winterfell After the escape of Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy, Ramsay Bolton is out for blood. Turns out, it’s the blood of his own father, Roose Bolton. He stabs his father in cold blood, after learning his father’s mistress has just given birth to a son -- another potential heir. He then summons the mistress and the baby, and ruthlessly sics his dogs on them.
Meanwhile, in the woods outside Winterfell, Brienne tells Sansa that her sister Arya is alive. Theon decides he will not be going with them to Castle Black. Instead, he says he’s heading back “home” to the Iron Islands.
Iron Islands Theon’s home turns out to be in just as much turmoil as every other kingdom. His father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, is thrown off a rickety bridge by his formerly exiled younger brother, Euron Greyjoy. The new ruler of the Iron Islands is now in question.
Mereen Tyrion Lannister: Dragon whisperer? After learning that Daenarys’ dragons have not been eating, Tyrion decides to pay the fire-breathing creatures a visit and unchain them. After a tense first encounter, the dragons allow Tyrion to remove their shackles.
Braavos Arya is still blind and begging on the streets. The young girl from the House of Black and White returns and fights Arya again, but then suddenly Jaqen H’ghar appears and tests Arya by repeatedly asking her name. Each time, she responds “a girl has no name.” She seemingly passes his test and Jaqen informs her that she is not a beggar anymore.
Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark is back! After a season-five absence, we catch up with Bran in a cave with the Three-Eyed Raven. He’s seeing visions of the past, including his father, Ned Stark, as a young boy at Winterfell. He also sees a young Hodor, and it’s revealed that Hodor could once speak and his real name is Willis.
Parkwood/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- All the attention Beyoncé has received for her surprise album, Lemonade, has paid off on the sales chart.
Lemonade, which has sparked plenty of discussion over whether the singer's husband, Jay Z, cheated on her, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It earned 653 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday, including 485 thousand in pure album sales.
Lemonade is Beyoncé's sixth solo album -- all have gone to #1 on the Billboard 200.
Prince continues to have a strong presence on the Billboard 200 following his death last month. He occupies five of the top seven slots, led by The Very Best of Prince, which is #2. The 2001 compilation earned 391 thousand units earned, including 216 thousand copies sold.
The Purple Rain soundtrack rounds out the top three, with 150 thousand units earned, including 133 thousand copies sold.
Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- A missing cat was no match for the animals in The Jungle Book.
The adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories was number one at the box office for the third straight weekend, earning an estimated 42.4 million dollars. It has now made 252 million domestically and nearly 685 million worldwide.
The Jungle Book's reign on top should come to an end once Captain America: Civil War is released in North America Friday. The Marvel flick made 200 million dollars overseas this weekend.
Both The Jungle Book and Captain America are properties of Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
The new comedy Keanu, starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, opened in third place, raising 9.4 million dollars. They play cousins who infiltrate a gang in hopes of retrieving a kidnapped kitten.
The Garry Marshall film Mother's Day, with Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, debuted in fourth place, collecting 8.3 million dollars. It's Marshall's third romantic comedy based on a holiday, after Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve.
The video game-turned-movie Ratchet & Clank finished the weekend in seventh place, with a 4.8-million-dollar debut.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. The Jungle Book, $42.4 million. 2. The Huntsman: Winter's War, $9.4 million. 3. Keanu, $9.4 million. 4. Mother's Day, $8.3 million. 5. Barbershop: The Next Cut, $6.1 million. 6. Zootopia, $5 million. 7. Ratchet & Clank, $4.8 million. 8. The Boss, $4.2 million. 9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, $3.8 million. 10. Criminal, $1.3 million.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s still considered by many to be the greatest American film ever made. Seventy-five years ago today, Citizen Kane premiered in New York City.
Orson Welles stars in the film as media magnate Charles Foster Kane, a powerful but ultimately tragic character he based in part on real-life newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who was alive at the time and unsuccessfully attempted to block the movie's release.
Making Citizen Kane more remarkable is the fact Welles not only starred in the film, he also produced, directed and co-wrote it -- all while in his mid-twenties. He turned 26 just five days after the New York premiere.
Though Hearst failed to block Citizen Kane’s release, the pressure he brought did persuade some theaters not to show the film, which negatively affected its box office performance when it was released nationally September 5. Reviews, however, were largely positive -- ironically, fueled in no small part by the pre-release controversy. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards but took home only one, for Best Original Screenplay, which Welles shared with Herman Mankiewicz.
In the decades since, Citizen Kane’s fame and reputation has grown, with countless scholars and critics both studying and praising it. The Library of Congress added Citizen Kane to the National Film Registry in 1989, in its inaugural group of additions. It’s even been featured on a U.S. postage stamp, twice.
Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- The HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres tonight at 8:00 ET/PT, just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked -- Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick -- along with the influential rap act N.W.A.
In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago -- guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively -- boycott the event. But the artists who did take part delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances.
Among the highlights:
-- Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of heavy metal superstars Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they've been eligible since 1993. Deep Purple's current lineup performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, their classic "Smoke on the Water."
-- Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted. He and his current band played "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock 'n Me" and "The Joker," a song he claimed saved his career.
-- N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.
-- Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.
-- While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the band also played "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."
-- Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock. Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "Dream Police."
-- The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.
-- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of "Fame."
-- Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" in honor of the late Glenn Frey.
The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs tonight on HBO.
Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in "Mother's Day"; Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston is married to Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis is expecting his second child with actress Olivia Wilde, but the two agreed that starring in their fifth collaboration together, Mother’s Day, makes them like “work wives.”
“Indeed,” said Sudeikis, who stars in the new dramedy as a widower with two kids whose budding romance with Aniston’s divorced mom-of-two character begins awkwardly.
Sudeikis, 40, and Aniston, 47, told ABC News’ Matt Gutman it was the allure of working with famed director Garry Marshall that drew them to the movie, which also stars Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson.
“That's the only thing,” Aniston said, joking that she didn’t even need to see a script.
Aniston began filming Mother’s Day in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after her August 2015 wedding to Theroux. The close timing led Sudeikis to joke that the newlyweds had honeymooned in the Southern city.
"The aquarium,” Sudeikis joked of an Atlanta honeymoon destination, prompting a laugh from Aniston.
Wherever Aniston may be, don’t expect the actress to broadcast it on social media. The former Friends star called the new form of communication “so much pressure.”
“It's such a part of the world now, that sort of transparency, so I just kind of prefer not to,” she said.
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIt's been quite a while since The West Wing was on TV, but one of its stars showed up in character at a White House press briefing on Friday.
Allison Janney, who played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, surprised reporters by popping up in the White House press briefing room. When asked where the actual press secretary, Josh Earnest, was, Janney joked, "Josh is out today. I believe it's a root canal." Reporters laughed, because Janney was referencing a specific episode of The West Wing where her character had a root canal.
"Yeah, he has a root canal, but let's be honest I'm better at this than he is anyway," she cracked.
In all seriousness, Janney was there because her character on her current show, Mom, is a recovering addict. She paid tribute to the White House Champions of Change, a group involved in substance abuse issues, and she also spoke about the general opiod epidemic in the U.S.
"This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidenced-based treatment, prevention and recovery," she said.
As Cregg, Janney took one question: who is President Bartlet -- the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing -- supporting in the Democratic primary? She snapped, “I think you know the answer to that question.”
Mark Seliger/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer's dad can cross one more thing off his bucket list, thanks to his daughter.
"FaceTime with the goddess Goldie Hawn making my dads dream come true," the 34-year-old Inside Amy Schumer star captioned an Instagram video of her and her father, Gordon Schumer, chatting with the actress on Wednesday.
"He keeps saying that we're playing sisters and I'm like no, you're the love of his life," says Schumer, who plays the daughter of Hawn, 70, in an upcoming comedy film.
Amy then convinces her father to tell Hawn she's the "love of his life."
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Turns out Will Ferrell won't be starring in an upcoming comedy about former President Ronald Reagan. His rep tells ABC News Ferrell "is not pursuing" the movie role.
It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story was said to begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell was also said to be producing the project. Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.
In a statement to ABC News, Ferrell's rep says, "The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis were chief among those who were quick to condemn the news, the former tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you." Michael's half-sister Davis posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, in part, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."
ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) -- Ariel Winter is officially all grown up. The Modern Family actress has announced where she's going to college.
Winter, 18, who portrays the witty middle sister on ABC's hit comedy, shared a photo on Instagram showing that she's decided to attend the University of California, Los Angeles.
"It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA - thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby," she wrote as a caption.
Winter said despite her success as a child actress, attending college has always been a goal of hers.
"School was never really important when I was younger in my family," she told Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach in an interview last month. "I mean, they never really pushed me to do anything other than entertainment. And while entertainment is great, I think education is incredibly important. It's always been a dream of mine to go to college."
The actress added that she'd "love to be a social justice lawyer."
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Reagan's family is upset over a planned comedy that will star Will Ferrell as the former president.
It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story will begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell will also produce the project.
Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.
Reagan's oldest son, Michael Reagan, reacted to the Ferrell news on Thursday, tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."
Reagan's daughter and Michael's half-sister, author Patti Davis, posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."
She recalled, "I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes -- this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don’t know where I am.' I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted -- past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar...and mercifully, finally past the fear.
"There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor," she added.
“Southside with You” stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter; Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Rand Luxury(NEW YORK) -- What was President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's relationship like in its early days? A new film inspired by the couple attempts to give us a look back at the Obamas, long before they moved into the White House.
A trailer released Thursday for Southside with You features Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama and Tika Sumpter as the future first lady, then known as Michelle Robinson.
The movie turns back the clock to the summer of 1989, when Obama, then a young law firm associate, pursued Michelle Robinson, a lawyer. The story follows them on their first date, which includes a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
At one point in the trailer, Robinson insists, "This is not a date. How’s it gonna look if I start dating the first cute black guy who walks through the firm’s doors? It would be tacky.”
L-R: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in "Keanu"; Steve Dietl/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
* Keanu -- Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele play cousins in the comedy. When one cousin's kitten, Keanu, is kidnapped, the two infiltrate a gang in an attempt to retrieve the pet. Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman, Nia Long and Will Forte also star. Rated R.
* Mother's Day -- Garry Marshall delivers another star-studded comedy based on a holiday, following Valentine's Day and NewYear's Eve. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis star. Rated PG-13.
* Ratchet & Clank -- The video game featuring the titular "lombax" and robot come to the big screen. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone lend their voices to the animated film. Rated PG.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(CHANHASSEN, Minn.) -- Authorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.
Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.
The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.
The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.
The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.
The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.
Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.
Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) -- When the outtakes that follow your movie are the best part of the movie, that’s generally not a good sign. Sadly, that’s the case with Mother’s Day, the latest of these bloated-cast holiday movies from director Garry Marshall.
Like New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day before it, the formula here is pretty simple: mix one heaping tablespoon of big-name stars with an upcoming holiday, and bake until golden brown. In this case they included the stars, but forgot to add the substance -- creating a dessert that looks delicious from a distance but is ultimately hollow and disappointing.
Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Sarah Chalke, Margo Martindale and more as mothers with various stories to tell. Their lives all intertwine and intersect at various points throughout the film, and that’s perhaps part of problem number one: instead of deftly concentrating on one or two or even three stories, Mother’s Day focuses poorly on six. It’s way too scattered.
Problem two: a lot of the movie feels like when your aunt Sarah thinks she’s cutting-edge because she finally got on Facebook. In Mother’s Day, there’s a storyline about old-fashioned parents not approving of an interracial couple, and a gay daughter. It feels so dated, it hurts. Of course, things like this still are issues between family members, but with superior content like Transparent out there, if you’re going to bring the family drama you should at least attempt to make it fresh.
Which brings us to problem number three: director Garry Marshall. I love Garry Marshall. He’s a national treasure. From Mork & Mindy to Pretty Woman, he’s responsible for some of the happiest hours I’ve ever spent staring at a screen. But I think his best days as a director may be behind him. Mother’s Day is clunky, awkward and uneven. Shots linger for too long when they should cut much quicker. The pacing seems off. Emotional moments are devoid of any heart, and joke after joke after joke falls flat. Some of this has to do with the script, some with the editing, and some with the mostly one-note acting. But as the guy in charge, it all falls on Marshall’s shoulders, and it feels like maybe there’s so much respect for him, people might have a hard time telling him what’s working, and what’s not.
And problem number four is that this family dramedy should leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but it mostly just makes you really uncomfortable, over and over again. There’s a bunch of humor that might have been passable 20 years ago, but comes off racist when presented to a modern audience. For example, a scene played for comedy where cops order a dark-skinned man out of a car and to the ground at gunpoint comes off as particularly tone deaf today. Same goes for an Indian mom with a completely over-the-top stereotypical Indian accent, played by an actress who is clearly not Indian. A bit where Jason Sudeikis does karaoke to “The Humpty Dance” is meant to be sincere and endearing, but ends up one of the most cringe-worthy things put on screen in the last ten years. And how anyone ever said yes to the hideous and distracting wig worn by Julia Roberts is beyond me.
Being a mom is messy, and in that mess there’s often humor, or things so tragic that you can’t help but laugh. I believe Mother’s Day is trying to celebrate those messy and awkward moments, and in so doing, celebrate moms. If that’s the case, then its heart is in the right place.
But moms deserve better. SO much better. And so do audiences. Mother’s Day is just under two hours long, but I swear it felt like four.